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How to prevent cavities

There’s a reason why we are told to brush and floss daily! By removing plaque from your teeth every day, you can reduce your risk of tooth decay. Here’s the quick rundown on preventing cavities.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Wait about 30 minutes after eating before you brush so you don’t damage the enamel on your teeth. Acid levels in your mouth rise when you eat, so waiting after a meal lets your saliva wash away food particles and return your mouth to a normal pH level. (Enamel can also wear away if you brush your teeth too hard.)

  • Floss every day! Floss removes food debris and plaque from the areas between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. Brushing alone only cleans two-thirds of the tooth’s surface.

  • Limit sugary food and drinks. Choose tooth-friendly snacks like veggies, nuts or cheese. When you have something sugary, try swishing with water to rinse out your mouth or chew sugar-free gum.

  • Stay hydrated with water. Dry mouth can speed up the cavity-making process by letting damaging sugars and acids from food and drinks linger in the mouth. Some medications can also cause dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of flat water throughout the day and evening.

Information as per the ODA

Dr. Elizabeth Dimovski Dental

Brampton Dental Office

2 Philosopher's Trail, Unit 1

Brampton Ontario

L6S 4C9


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